WHY GO: Come by car…..or boat. Milford CT is one of the very few harbors in Connecticut situated in a downtown – one with good restaurants and a lively night scene. The town dock, Milford Landing, can accommodate 40 sizeable boats on any given night – and with eager dock-hands, “Welcome to Milford” discount goodie-bag, and adjacent commercial fishing boats that sell wholesale to boaters before shipping the catch off to NYC, it’s a wonderful portal into this Long Island Sound town. Milford’s got 17 miles of shoreline, so bring a bike or rent one. Explore neighborhoods, beaches, bird sanctuaries and then come back to the docks for some of the best ice cream around.
Things to Do in Milford CT
VISIT: The Coastal Center at Milford Point. Mudflats with tufts of grass and tri-pod osprey nests lend a Seussical air to the landscape. Located on a migratory route, the center swarms with birds, but the stars of the show are Ospreys on which a web cam is trained 24-7. You’ll get a literal bird’s eye view of Mom nodding off while waiting for Pops to fly home. From an observation deck atop the center, enjoy a stunning 360-degree vista of Long Island sound and the patchwork mudflats of the river within a neighborhood of small, beautifully maintained waterfront homes. Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4.
HIKE; Silver Sands State Park, a 47-acre beach park. Walk the new boardwalk to a neighboring beach, then take advantage of the low-tide sandbar to hike out to Charles Island, a state protected bird sanctuary. About half the Milford population has stories of being stuck out on Charles Island at high tide, so pay strict attention to the time and tide charts.
VISIT: The Milford Arts Council. Housed in the former Milford train station the Milford Arts Council is a thriving entity. Check out all the goings on; three major theatrical productions a year, a jazz series, Friday night coffee, beer, and wine gatherings, photo shows, student exhibits, guitar classes, classical music, sand sculpture competitions, and much more. In the Walnut Beach neighborhood, The Firehouse Gallery in a renovated a firehouse serves as exhibit hall for local artists
Where to Eat in Milford CT
EAT: Liquid Lunch – top spot for fresh, natural soups and salads. Cheap, flavor-rich, and won’t break the bank. Soups change daily.
EAT: Seven Seas Restaurant. Here’s where the “hoy maties” come for satisfying Fish and Chips. This place has been around forever, and is the perfect place to duck into for a midday beer.
ICE CREAM: Susan Patrick (wife of ESPN’s Dan Patrick) churns out “Nutty Yankee”, “Mad Mollye” and other homemade ice-cream flavors in her Walnut Beach Creamery. Downtown near the Town Dock, join the queue for the cash-only Scoopy Doo’s. Though Milford isn’t a resort down, Scoopy’s sure makes it feel like one.
Where to Stay in Milford CT
STAY; Lily Pad. If you don’t have a boat to retire to at night (or want to get your land legs, if you do, the Lily Pad B&B is the only game in town, but a very sweet homey one. The Wapawaug River flows right through the back-yard and you can catch bass, trout and sunfish just steps from the door. In the morning, coffee and fresh fruit and breads, await in a charming dining room. $125-$135 includes breakfast.